Patras World Poetry Festival

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DECEMBER 10th - 13th  2020 

We would like to inform you that due to the implementation of a new lockdown in our country and the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the organizing and scientific committee of the “Jean Moréas International Awards” and the Patras International Poetry Festival postpones the date of the event on December, 10-13 of 2020.

Digital Event

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 this year is entitled "National Poets" and plans to host 60 poets from 15 different countries around the world.

This year the festival  be held online and virtually, as far as COVID-19 impact affects significantly the implementation of this event.

In the four-day online event there will be 6 meetings lasting up to 3 hours, where the guest poets will be presented with readings in 2 languages, via live connection. The events will be attended by invited representatives of institutions and the jury, while the program will include speeches, presentations, tributes, music, etc.

In addition, the following activities will take place within the schedule of the Festival events:

  • online Award of the annual Greek Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" (Saturday December 12th)
  • Art Exhibition "National Poets" with the participation of 20 Greek artists and 10 artists from different countries (live and digital tour)
  • Collectible trilingual edition of the poems of the participants, in the first language of each artist, in Greek and English

The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 is organized by the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”, the literary website Culture Book ( and the multicultural center Epikentro Plus History & Arts, while every year it is under the auspices of the Ministries of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. Supporters of the event are the Greek Library of London, the Cultural Center “Kostis Palamas”, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other important institutions, as claimed under the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Awarding of Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" for the year 2019

This annual event will be held digitally at one session of the PWPF Poetry Event 2020, with a presentation of the award-winning poets and recitations by them. This is the annual event during which the "Jean Moréas" Prizes are awarded for Greek poetic art and Greek poetic production in its entire range. They are recognizable nationwide and concern the poetry collections that were published throughout the previous calendar year from the year of the award. They refer both to young poets and newcomers and to those who are recognized with their poetic work along time.

The event is highly appreciated by the Greek literary and artistic circle of readers. In this year's event, in addition to the institutionalized awards, a very important foreign poet will be honored, who with his/her lifelong work honors the literature outside Greece.The Award Committee is composed of Greek University professors, as well as very important poets and poetry critics who will evaluate the work of the honorees.


On behalf of the organizing committee.

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos, President of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis, President of the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”

Alaniadi Maria, Event Manager of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

The Poems


As if they were spikes
Spikes he took into his arms
the parcel of the books
dusty by time
defeated by yesterday

The signature of the poet
dedicated to the poet
with love-heaven, first firs page ∙
no problem in remaining a virgin
since no hand on them had been licentiousa
unsplit almonds
the shell soft

Maybe they remain again in the shade
on shelves, so that the light does not see them;

collector of signatures

From the book "Refuge God and other poems" 2014, ed. Gavrielidis

(Translated from the Greek by Katerina Anghelaki - Rooke)



Σαν στάχυα
Στάχυα αγκαλιά επήρε
δεμάτι τα βιβλία
σκονισμένα από το χρόνο
νικημένα απ' το χθες

Η υπογραφή του ποιητή
στον ποιητή
με αγάπη ουρανό, σελίδα πρώτη∙
άκοπα παρθένα
αφού κανενός χέρι πάνω τους δεν ασέλγησε
μύγδαλα άσπαστα
το τσόφλι μαλακό

Στην σκιά ίσως μείνουν και πάλι
σε ράφια μην τα βλέπει το φως∙

συλλέκτη υπογραφών

(Από το βιβλίο "Πρόσφυγας Θεός και άλλα ποιήματα" 2014, εκδ. Γαβριηλίδης)

* * * 

A Shadow, I look at,
engraved on a wall
side by side to the main road
and there are windows closed and a snowy night
only a young man carrying paint
in the next-door little street
she lets letters go out of her heart·
one moment I look the shadow· I peek the man
and suddenly the mind is empty

what went wrong?

You are asleep
you dream that you are a baby
holding your mother's breast in your arms
and then -supposedly- you lie on, clean sheets
you make love plunged
into the brain's disaster
now cartoons instead of a mattress you have
a blanket full of holes
and death snowing

a shadow I see engraved on the wall
in a narrow street next Exarchia square
I see you foreigner, looking and your shadow is empty

From the book "The world of things" 2019, published by Kastaniotis

(Translated from the Greek by Katerina Anghelaki - Rooke)


Σκιὰ κοιτῶ
χαραγμένη σὲ τοῖχο
παράδρομο σὲ κεντρικὴ ὁδὸ
κι εἶναι παράθυρα κλειστὰ καὶ νύχτα νὰ χιονίζει
μόνο ἕνας νέος μὲ μπογιὰ
στὸ παραδίπλα τὸ στενὸ
ἀφήνει γράμματα νὰ βγοῦν ἀπ' τὴν καρδιά·
τὴ μιὰ κοιτάζω τὴ σκιά· κρυφοκοιτῶ τὸν ἄντρα
κι ἀδειάζει ξάφνου ὁ νοῦς

τί πῆγε λάθος;

ὄνειρο βλέπεις μωρὸ πὼς εἶσαι
μὲ τὸ βυζὶ τῆς μάνας σου ἀγκαλιὰ
κι ὕστερα –λέει– σὲ σεντόνια καθαρὰ
ἔρωτα κάνεις βουτηγμένος
στοῦ μυαλοῦ τὴ συμφορὰ
τώρα χαρτόκουτα γιὰ στρῶμα σου ἔχεις
τρύπια κουβέρτα νὰ χιονίζει ὁ θανατὰς

σκιὰ κοιτῶ σὲ τοῖχο χαραγμένη
στῶν Ἐξαρχείων τὴν πλατεία σὲ στενὸ
σὲ βλέπω ξένε νὰ κοιτᾶς καὶ ἡ σκιά σου ἀφημένη

(Από το βιβλίο "Ο κόσμος των πραγμάτων" 2019, εκδ. Καστανιώτης)

The Poet

Yannis Stefanakiswas born in Grigoria ofHeraklion, Crete in 1951 He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He havepresented his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, where he was awarded. Hepublish the"Neo Epipedo"Magazine, as well as the collectors' item "Technopaignion".He alsopublishCollector's Manual editions on the poetry of important Greek poets, He have published fourpoetry collections. His works are in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.


Ο Γιάννης Στεφανάκις Γεννήθηκε στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης το 1951. Σπούδασε στην Ανώτατη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών της Αθήνας. Έχει κάνει πολλές εκθέσεις στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό και έχει βραβευτεί. Εκδίδει το περιοδικό για το λόγο και τα εικαστικά, Νέο Επίπεδο, και το συλλεκτικό Τεχνοπάιγνιον. Εκδίδει επίσης συλλεκτικά χειροποίητα βιβλία με ποίηση σπουδαίων Ελλήνων ποιητών. Έχει εκδώσει τέσσερις ποιητικές συλλογές και πολλά από τα εικαστικά του έργα βρίσκονται σε Μουσεία, Πινακοθήκες και σε πολλές ιδιωτικές συλλογές στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό.

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